Quebec proposes new rules to crack down on smokers

A man smoking in a car. Stock photo by Getty Images

The times they are a changin’ well at least for smokers in Quebec. 

A significant number of municipalities 174 to be exact, including Montreal support bill 44, which aims to bolster tobacco control.

The proposed bill prohibits sale and distribution of flavoured tobacco products and bans smoking on terraces and inside a vehicle, while someone under 16 is present. It also forbids the use of e-cigarettes inside public buildings. 

The municipalities seek to reduce Quebec’s smoking rate by 10 percent over the next decade. A 2013 survey showed more than 20 per cent of Quebecers over the age of 12 smoked the third highest rate among provinces after Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. 

Currently, the Tobacco Act of Quebec bans smoking in enclosed spaces that have a public character, such as workplaces, common areas of residential buildings with six or more dwellings, schools as well as buses and taxis. It’s currently the only province that does not prohibit smoking in vehicles when minors are present. 

Violations of smoking laws are generally punishable by way of a fine. In Saskatchewan, for instance, smoking in a vehicle around minors can cost you $220.

See: Smoking laws by province 

E-cigarettes have also attracted a lot of attention recently. In May, Ontario passed the Making Healthier Choices Act, which prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 19, and makes their use in non-smoking areas illegal.
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